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Audi piloted driving @ the limit – Ascari 2014

Audi has long been a driving force in the area of highly-automated driving, and has repeatedly documented its progress in this technology with spectacular demonstrations. In the United States, a driverless Audi TTS* etched the brand’s trademark four rings into the surface of a salt flat and also conquered Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. In fall 2014, an RS 7 Sportback* circled the Hockenheim racetrack at the limits of physical driving. Since early this year, Audi has been demonstrating the next stages of piloted driving on public roads, such as the US highway from the West Coast to Las Vegas, on the A9 Autobahn in Germany and in urban traffic in Shanghai.

Recent Press Releases

  • 10/18/16
    Audi MediaCenter

    New technologies for piloted driving – Audi participating in “Digital Motorway Test Bed”

    Twelve months after the launch of the “Digital Motorway Test Bed,” Audi is today presenting new technologies for piloted driving and Car-to-X-communication at the German Federal Ministry of Transport. The focus is on online variable message road signs and infrastructure measures. On the A9 between Nuremberg and Munich, the Ingolstadt premium manufacturer is testing solutions aimed at delivering enhanced safety and convenience in piloted driving in real traffic conditions.
  • 05/13/16

    Autobahn A9: Audi research car “Jack” shows social competence

    Audi once again confirms its leading role in the field of piloted driving. Its latest research car, the Audi A7 piloted driving concept “Jack,” has not only learned how to autonomously perform all of its driving maneuvers on the expressway. Above all, it has learned how to show consideration for other road users. “Jack” exhibits a driving style that is adaptive to the given situation, safe and especially interactive – a research car with social competence.
  • 03/24/16

    Winner on points: Team FAUtonOHM wins Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2016

    This year’s prize for the best autonomous driving model car goes to Nuremberg. In the second edition of the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup, students at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the technical college Nuremberg Georg Simon Ohm outscored teams from seven other colleges in a thrilling competition. The winners were happy to win prize money in the amount of 10,000 euros.
  • 03/10/16

    Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2016: piloted driving on a 1:8 scale

    On a quest to create the piloted model car: The Audi Autonomous Driving Cup will be held for the second time from March 22 to 24, 2016. Eight university teams will take part in the competition at the Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt. The miniature-format, automated-drive Audi Q5 models will face a challenging circuit, with prize money of EUR 10,000 awaiting the winners.
  • 02/12/16

    Audi at the Berlinale: piloted drive up to the red carpet

    In a flurry of camera flashes at the Berlinale film festival, Audi reached another milestone on the path toward piloted driving. At the opening gala of the Berlin International Film Festival, a driverless Audi A8 L W12* drove up to the red carpet. On-board was movie star Daniel Brühl.
  • 11/18/15

    Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept drives autonomously in record time on race track in Spain

    The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept has once again driven to record times – autonomously and without any interventions by the driver. At the challenging FAST Parcmotor race track near Barcelona in Spain, Audi demonstrated its technological competence in piloted driving. Passengers were international journalists who had an opportunity to experience the latest generation of the high-powered, four-door sport coupe under race conditions.
  • 10/07/15

    Safer and smoother urban traffic: Audi in UR:BAN collaborative project

    Audi wants to make city traffic safer and flow more smoothly. That is the motive behind the brand’s involvement in the UR:BAN cooperative project. 31 partners are jointly developing driver assistance and traffic management solutions for urban traffic over the project’s four-year term. The concluding presentation will take place on October 7 in Düsseldorf.
  • 09/16/15

    Audi CEO Stadler meets G7 ministers: “Artificial intelligence can save lives”

    A crucial breakthrough has been achieved at the International Motor Show (IAA) in establishing the legal framework of piloted driving and parking. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt presented his national strategy for this key technology on Wednesday in Frankfurt. He also welcomed EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the transport ministers of the other G7 nations. Using the new Audi A4 and the concept car “Jack,” he presented the current state of driver assist systems to the visitors. The Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Prof. Rupert Stadler, advocated “seizing this unique chance to save 900,000 lives per year, since more than 90% of all traffic accidents are caused by human error.”
  • 08/06/15

    The future of piloted driving: Audi at the Ko HAF research initiative

    At Audi, piloted driving means safe, comfortable driving in partnership. Because of this, the company has been actively involved in the Ko HAF research initiative, which develops standards and solutions for cooperative highly-automated driving. Audi will introduce piloted driving in the next generation of the Audi A8.
  • 07/13/15

    Faster than a sports car driver: Audi pilots itself on US race track

    Piloted driving at Audi is approaching production readiness at race pace. On one of the world’s most challenging race tracks, the Sonoma Raceway in California, the latest generation of the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept has surpassed previous top performances once again. Audi will be offering piloted driving for the first time in the upcoming generation of the Audi A8.
  • 04/10/15

    Federal Minister of Transport Dobrindt tests piloted Audi

    Alexander Dobrindt satisfied himself of the technical capabilities of the Audi A7 piloted driving concept on Friday. The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure accepted an invitation from AUDI AG to experience the technology of piloted driving first-hand.
  • 03/31/15

    Audi mastermind for piloted driving: the central driver assistance controller

    The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future systems for piloted driving under development by Audi. This mastermind uses cutting edge, high performance processors and will work its way into the model range step by step in the foreseeable future. It is a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and a demonstration of the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving. The technologies specialist Delphi has been awarded the contract for series productions.
  • 03/27/15

    Technical University of Munich students win first Audi Autonomous Driving Cup

    The prize for the best model car with piloted driving has been awarded to Munich: A team of five students from the Technical University of Munich has won the first Audi Autonomous Driving Cup against strong competition from all over Germany.
  • 03/26/15

    Premiere for Audi Autonomous Driving Cup

    A model car that reacts independently to an obstacle that suddenly appears and brakes accordingly: Approximately 50 students from all over Germany are currently working on this scenario in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup. They will present the capabilities of the model cars they have programmed themselves in the final of the competition in the Audi museum mobile on March 27, 2015.
  • 03/11/15

    Wanted: Best piloted model car

    Audi is taking piloted driving to model cars: Ten student teams will face off in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup to find the best piloted model car. Audi provides the hardware – a 1:8-scale Audi Q5* – and the young experts develop the software.
  • 01/06/15

    Long-distance test drive successfully completed: Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept arrives in Las Vegas following 560 mile drive

    The long-distance test drive with the Audi A7 piloted driving concept concluded today following its 560-mile journey. A selected group of journalists were able to experience piloted driving from behind the wheel during the drive that began in Silicon Valley, California and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada in time to attend the International CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show). The concept vehicle impressed particularly through its ability to provide a comfortable drive in real world, everyday driving situations.
  • 01/04/15

    550 mile piloted drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas: long distance test in the Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept car

    At more than 550 miles of piloted highway driving with journalists behind the wheel, Audi is demonstrating the era of automated driving is nearly here. The long-distance test drive of the Audi A7 piloted driving concept car will show that unprecedented performance can be achieved with series production technology. The drive will take place from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the International CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show), one of the world’s most important electronics trade shows.
  • 12/01/14

    Audi takes to the race track with the sportiest piloted driving car in the world

    Audi has developed the world’s sportiest piloted driving car. Following the spectacular drive by the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept at the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) season finale in Hockenheim, the innovative technology platform is now making an appearance on the challenging circuit of the Ascari Race Resort – at racing speed, without a driver.
  • 10/19/14

    Proof positive: Audi RS 7 concept taken to the limit with no driver

    At the DTM season finale, Audi demonstrated the sheer fascination of piloted driving. The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – at racing speed, without a driver.
  • 10/09/14

    At the limit: Audi shows the world’s sportiest piloted driving car

    Audi takes the world’s sportiest piloted driving car to the starting line: A driverless Audi RS 7 Sportback* will take a lap on the Hockenheim race track on Sunday, October 19, in the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).
  • 08/13/14

    First carmaker worldwide: Audi tests piloted driving systems in Florida

    Audi is pressing forward with the development of piloted driving. The brand with the four rings has now become the world’s first carmaker to conduct a public test on an expressway in Florida/USA.
  • 12/13/13

    Audi wins award for piloted driving

    Audi is right at the forefront of developments in piloted driving – including in the eyes of the media. The editorial teams of the magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild have now chosen the brand with the four rings as winner of their Pioneer Award in recognition of its piloted driving technology.
  • 02/19/13

    MIT Technology Review: Audi is among the 50 most innovative companies in the world

    Every year the editors of the “MIT Technology Review” look for companies all over the world that have announced groundbreaking technologies. This year the jury put Audi on the list of “50 Disruptive Companies” in recognition of the piloted driving project it presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Detroit.
  • 01/28/13

    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: “Piloted driving will become reality this decade”

    Audi caused a sensation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas three weeks ago when it demonstrated piloted driving. Now, for the first time, the carmaker is citing a specific timescale within which the concept could hit the roads: “We are assuming that a series-built vehicle with a piloted driving function will be technically feasible this decade,” stated Audi CEO Rupert Stadler today at the 19th Handelsblatt Annual Conference in Munich.
  • 01/16/13

    Audi receives two US awards for piloted parking

    The technologies that Audi is developing for its future piloted driving system have been highly acclaimed by US experts. The “Popular Science” magazine has named the Audi system for piloted parking in parking garages “Product Of The Future.” The editorial team is thus recognizing the most significant developments presented by Audi at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES) in Las Vegas.

Press folders

  • 10/17/14

    Piloted Driving

    Audi has developed the world’s sportiest piloted driving car. Following the spectacular drive by the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept at the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) season finale in Hockenheim, the innovative technology platform is now making an appearance on the challenging circuit of the Ascari Race Resort – at racing speed, without a driver.

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